Magnolias

Magnolias

Deciduous and evergreen large shrubs or feature size trees, many with nicely scented flowers in spring and summer. We have a great modern selection from around the world, including many new yellows which flower slightly later than the pinks and whites, and can avoid the frosts.

Magnolias prefer full sun, cool roots and shelter from strong winds. Plant in enriched soil, deeply worked, free draining, moisture retentive neutral to slightly acidic. After planting, feed with a good ericaceous fertilizer and mulch well. Apply slow release fertilizer every spring whilst the plant is establishing.

Magnolias were amongst the first plants on Earth to reproduce using flowers pollinated by insects. They are native to America and Asia, but not Europe. The Magnolia was named by Linnaeus in commemoration of Pierre Magnol, who was Louis XIV's doctor and a professor of Botany. Magnolia grandiflora was introduced into Britain from America in 1734. The first Magnolias from China arrived around 1780, and proved much hardier than those from America.

NEW: Just added some cracking new varieties, especially late flowering yellows, from renowned breeders such as August Kehr in Carolina, and Philippe de Spoelberch in Belgium. Being new and grafted, they do cost a bit more, and the 3 litre size are about 60-90cm tall.

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Magnolia 'Sayonara'
Magnolia 'Sayonara'
Abundant fragrant white goblet shaped flowers, tinged pale pink at the base. Late flowering April May, to avoid frosts. Forms a large shrub or small tree with broad oval habit. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years. Best in moist acid soils. Magnolia 'Sayonara' is a lovely Magnolia and the specimen in our woodland gardens attracts lots of attention each year when in flower.
£34.95
Magnolia 'Theodora'
Magnolia 'Theodora'
One of the darkest pink soulangeana magnolias, with flowers that grade beautifully from darkest rich purple to pale pink. Upright habit, and flowering quite early for its type. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years. Best on sheltered acid soils. Magnolia expert Maurice Foster raised this plant and named it after his granddaughter. It is a hybrid of M. ‘Dark Shadow’ x M. campbellii mollicomata...
£34.95

Magnolia Black Tulip
Magnolia Black Tulip
One of the deepest port wine red coloured flowers available. Goblet shaped flowers during April, on a plant with upright habit. Highly sought after. Raised by Jury in New Zealand. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years. Best in moist acid soils.
£34.95
Magnolia Caerhay's Belle  AGM
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Magnolia Caerhay's Belle AGM
Rich blowsy salmon pink flowers up to 30cm wide and displayed sideways in great profusion in March, followed by large decorative pink seed cones, 20cm long. Forms a small to medium sized tree. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years. Best in moist acid soils.
£34.95

Magnolia Columnar Pink
Magnolia Columnar Pink
Deep pink cup shaped flowers, fade paler in April-May giving giving a long flowering season. Strong branched upright habit ideal for smaller gardens. A Maurice Foster selection. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years.
£34.95
Magnolia Daybreak  AGM
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Magnolia Daybreak AGM
Superb large scented blooms, deep pink on the outside, paler on the inside, flowering profusely in April and May. Strong growing columnar habit. Give shelter from cold winds. Height 2-4metres in 10 years. Best in moist acid soils. Raised by August Kehr at Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, and rated as one of his best magnolias. The original plant, registered in 1991, is 12 metres tall and only 2.5 metres...
£34.95

Magnolia Elizabeth  AGM
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Magnolia Elizabeth AGM
Fragrant cream to soft yellow flowers in late April/early May. The soft yellow flowers gradually fade to cream and the young unfurling leaves open to a dull reddish colour and turn to a dark green upper surface. An excellent deciduous cultivar which is very floriferous. Makes a broad spreading, vigorous small to medium sized tree. Magnolia acuminata was hybridised with M. denudata in 1956 at the Brooklyn...
£34.95
Magnolia Galaxy  AGM
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Magnolia Galaxy AGM
Striking purple pink to red slightly scented flowers in mid to late spring make a stunning statement in the garden. This plant makes a wonderful small to medium sized deciduous tree, initially upright in habit, but maturing to a pyramidal shape. Magnolia liliiflora has been hybridized with many species and has produced fantastic results. William Kosar of the US National Arboretum raised this Magnolia...
£34.95

Magnolia Genie
Magnolia Genie
NEW and thought to be one of the best reds. Stunning dark purple burgundy red flowers at the end of April and sometimes again in late summer. Compact narrow growth on a conical plant. Expected height 3m x 1.5m in 10 years. Mature height 4-5m. Recommended for smaller gardens and striking flowers! Easy to grow. Ideal position: Most garden situations, with some shelter from cold...
£34.95
Magnolia George Henry Kern
Magnolia George Henry Kern
Deep pink in bud, opening to rose pink on the outside, and pale pink on the inside of thick textured long lasting tepals. Long lasting flowers on a compact plant, ideal for small gardens. Height 2-3 metres in 10 years. Prefers sun and acid soil. The flowers are composed of 8-10 strap shaped, thick textured tepals giving a flower of excellent quality. They flowering over a long period, starting on...
£29.95

Magnolia grandiflora 'Kay Parris'
Magnolia grandiflora 'Kay Parris'
(H5) NEW! This variety of M. grandiflora is a huge improvement on all the old cultivars, flowering from a young age on a smaller plant ideal for smaller gardens. Also displays greater winter hardiness. Free flowering spicy-lemon scented white flowers from May, through summer. Dark glossy leaves with foxy indumentum. Upright habit either free standing as a single stem or bush, or trained against...
£19.95
Magnolia Honey Liz
Magnolia Honey Liz
NEW. Lovely large floppy deep yellow flowers in April which soon hang over the fully expanded leaves. A vigorous tall growing tree with large bullate dark green leaves, reaching 4 metres in 10 years. This plant was hybridized by Magnolia experts August Kehr in Carolina, USA, and raised by Philippe de Spoelberch in Belgium.
£29.95

Magnolia Iolanthe
Magnolia Iolanthe
Large cup shaped flowers, pink on the outside, creamy white on the inside, scented, and flowering in April from a young age. A vigorous small upright tree from Jury, New Zealand. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years.
£34.95
Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra'  AGM
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Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra' AGM
Dark purple buds open to dark red purple flowers, paler inside, in late April to May. A slow growing, multi stemmed shrub. Height 150-175cm in 10 years. Best in moist acid soils, but will tolerate neutral soils with good organic content.
£19.95

Magnolia Lu Shan
Magnolia Lu Shan
Pretty flowers of purest white, held upright on the branches in April. Plant has neat upright habit too. M. denudata x M. cylindrica. Named for Lu Shan Botanic Garden, China. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years.
£34.95
Magnolia Mag's Pirouette  AGM
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Magnolia Mag's Pirouette AGM
NEW. White flowers with the outer tepals shorter than the inner ones, so there's an abundance of small flowers of good substance with a delightful citrus scent, flowering in April. A plant of compact habit, reaching around 3 metres in height. Best in moist acid soils, but will tolerate neutral soils with good organic content. Also known as Magnolia x loebneri Pirouette.
£34.95

Magnolia Marwood Spring
Magnolia Marwood Spring
Deep red-pink flowers cup shape flowers with petals which open to reveal a creamy colour on the inside. April flowering. A Magnolia sprengeri hybrid growing into a medium sized tree with upright habit. Raised at Dr Jimmy Smart's Marwood Hill garden in Devon. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years. Best in moist acid soils. Please note this variety is grafted onto M. kobus which helps to produce a...
£34.95
Magnolia Milky Way  AGM
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Magnolia Milky Way AGM
Icey white flowers, flushed pink at base on bare branches. Very floriferous flowering in April, even on a young plant. Tulip shaped fragrant flowers 10-20cm in size. Pyramidal habit. Height is around 4 metres tall in 10 years. A choice hybrid between M. 'Mark Jury' x M. soulangeana 'Alba'
£29.95

Magnolia Norman Gould
Magnolia Norman Gould
Pure white cup shaped flowers with 8-9 tepals, with hint of pink at base in late March and April. Forms a vigorous multi-stemmed tree with prolific flowering from a young age. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years. It tolerates neutral and alkaline soils, but grows best in moisture retentive soils with a good humus content. A polyploid selection of Magnolia kobus raised at RHS Wisley using colchinine treatment...
£29.95
Magnolia Peachy
Magnolia Peachy
NEW! Fragrant orange-pink flowers, creamy yellow on the inside. Fast growing, upright then spreading habit. Flowers in April-May. Medium size tree, 2-4 metres in 10 years, then growing up to 10m. Hardy but does need shelter from cold winds. Parentage is M. acuminata 'Fertile Myrtle' x M. sprengeri 'Diva'. An American hybrid raised by Phil Savage, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
£34.95

Magnolia Pegasus AGM
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Magnolia Pegasus AGM
Pure white candle like flowers with delicate rays of pink-purple at the base. Flowering in April with 6 large upright tepals and 3 smaller outer tepals, with good frost tolerance. Cylindrical red fruiting cones in the autumn. A fast growing upright tree, possibly a hybrid between M. cylindrica and M. denudata, growing 2-4 metres high in 10 years, and then 15m at maturity. Please note this variety...
£34.95
Magnolia Pristine
Magnolia Pristine
Star-like white flowers on bare branches in April. A good hybrid between M. denudata x M. stellata 'Waterlily', and the flowers show more white tepals. Frost protect when young. It forms a small tree up to 3 metres in 10 years. Best in moist acid soils, but will tolerate neutral soils with good organic content.
£29.95

Magnolia sieboldii
Magnolia sieboldii
(H6) Pure white nodding fragrant flowers are egg shaped in bud, turning outwards as the petals expand. Long lasting from May to August. Spectacular red fruits in autumn. Height 175-200cm in 10 years, turning into a broad spreading tree. Best in moist acid soils, but will tolerate neutral soils with good organic content.
£19.95
Magnolia Spectrum  AGM
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Magnolia Spectrum AGM
Gorgeous rich pinkish red flowers which are lighter on the inside on a small to medium size deciduous tree, flowering from mid-April to late May. It has an upright habit when young, but develops into a broad pyramidal shape after 15-20 years. Magnolia liliiflora has been hybridized with many species and has produced fantastic results. William Kosar of the US National Arboretum raised this Magnolia...
£19.95

Magnolia stellata
Magnolia stellata
A lovely plant with pure white, large, star-shaped scented flowers in March and April. A native of Japan where it is found in mountain woodland, it is a slow growing small tree or large shrub which rarely exceeds 3m in height. Best in acid or neutral soil, in sun or part shade. Protect from late spring frosts when young, as these can kill every bud, and hence the plant.
£19.95
Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star'  AGM
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Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star' AGM
A selected clone of pure white large, star-shaped scented flowers in March and April. A native of Japan where it is found in mountain woodland, it is a slow growing small deciduous tree or large shrub which rarely exceeds 3m in height. Best in acid or neutral soil, in sun or part shade. Protect from late spring frosts when young. Known as the Star Magnolia, this plant is a seedling of Magnolia stellata...
£29.95

Magnolia Susan  AGM
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Magnolia Susan AGM
The flowers are deep red-purple in bud, opening purple pink. Sweetly scented, and free flowering in late April. Compact growing, with a height and spread of 3 metres at maturity. Raised by Francis de Vos and William Kosar at the US National Arboretum in Washington in the mid 1960's, this is one of eight hybrids that they raised named after secretaries who worked at the arboretum or after wives and...
£19.95
Magnolia Susan Van Veen
Magnolia Susan Van Veen
NEW! Pure pink goblet shaped flowers on a compact plant with a conical habit flowering in April/May. Interesting large silver furry buds in winter. Hardy but needs shelter from cold winds. Height 2-4m in 10 years. Thought to be a hybrid between M. sargentiana and M. sprengeri 'Diva'. A hybrid from Switzerland.
£34.95

Magnolia Tiketare
Magnolia Tiketare
A good late flowering pink variety, with a slowly spreading habit. A fine new variety from New Zealand. Pink cup shaped flowers with darker stripes on the outside, and pure white on the inside. April-May flowering. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years.
£34.95
Magnolia Vulcan
Magnolia Vulcan
Large deep port wine and red, cup and saucer shaped flowers fading deep pink in May. Colour improves with age. Scented. Upright growing plant, that grows into a small tree in time Height 2-4 metres in 10 years.
£34.95

Magnolia x loebneri 'Donna'  AGM
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Magnolia x loebneri 'Donna' AGM
A recently introduced late flowering plant with huge 15 to 20cm wide flat-shaped white fragrant flowers in April. An extremely beautiful and hardy loebneri hybrid. Densely branched deciduous upright habit growing 3.0m in 10 years. It will perform best in full sun. Magnolia kobus was hybridised with M.stellata by Max Loebner prior to 1914 to produce the Magnolia x loebneri cultivar. Diverse habits...
£29.95
Magnolia x loebneri 'Leonard Messel'  AGM
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Magnolia x loebneri 'Leonard Messel' AGM
Lovely lilac buds open to beautiful star-like flowers with a pink flush. This is a very free flowering plant in April that makes a magnificent shrub or small tree. The flowers emerge before the foliage. An extremely popular shrub for the smaller garden that will perform best in full sun, and will tolerate any reasonable soil except waterlogged. Magnolia kobus was hybridised with M.stellata by Max...
£19.95

Magnolia x loebneri 'Merrill'  AGM
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Magnolia x loebneri 'Merrill' AGM
Gorgeous white scented flowers (up to 15cm wide) in late March and early April. This deciduous plant forms a large, spreading shrub or small to medium tree. It will perform best in full sun and in any reasonable soil except waterlogged. Magnolia kobus was hybridised with M.stellata by Max Loebner prior to 1914 to produce the Magnolia x loebneri cultivar. Diverse habits resulted and this is a great...
£19.95
Magnolia x soulangeana
Magnolia x soulangeana
Large tulip shaped white flowers with a rose-purple stain at the base. April and early May flowering, before the leaves appear. One of the best and most popular Magnolias for general planting, and will tolerate neutral clay soils and atmospheric pollution, but no good on shallow chalk soils. Usually forms a large shrub with wide spreading branches. Originally raised by M. Soulange-Bodin, who...
£19.95

Magnolia Yellow Bird
Magnolia Yellow Bird
Bright canary yellow flowers appear with the foliage in late April, hopefully after the worst of any spring frosts. A fast growing upright tree raised at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Height 4 metres in 10 years. (M. acuminata x M. x brooklynensis 'Eva Maria')
£34.95